Christina Ricci still shares a bed with her eight-year-old son

Emily Brown

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Christina Ricci still shares a bed with her eight-year-old son

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Casper and Yellowjackets actor Christina Ricci has opened up about sharing a bed with her eight-year-old son while her nine-month-old daughter is happy snoozing by herself.

I'm not a parent, but as a sibling and cousin to lots of kids it's safe to say that every child has their own quirks and preferences when it comes to bedtime.

Some children will drop off in seconds, some will do everything in their power to stay awake, some want to sleep surrounded by teddies and some just want their parents.

Ricci is a prime example of the fact that it's not one-size-fits-all, because her eight-year-old son still loves to have her around when he nods off.

Meanwhile, in an interview with People, the mum-of-two described it as a 'f**king miracle' that her nine-month-old daughter Cleopatra is already sleep trained.

She explained: "The fact that I can put her down in her crib and she just goes to sleep when my eight-year-old still sleeps with me is amazing."

Ricci, who is also starring in Netflix's upcoming Addams Family series Wednesday, explained that she first tried to start sleep training her son Freddie when he was younger, but that he 'screamed himself hoarse and started banging his head against the crib railing'.

The mum-of-two managed to sleep train her daughter in less than a year. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo
The mum-of-two managed to sleep train her daughter in less than a year. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo

Obviously that's not the kind of relaxing and calm experience you want at bedtime, so Ricci reconsidered her approach, which is presumably how Freddie managed to continue to wangle his way into his mum's bed.

Things were different with Cleopatra. Ricci said: "With Cleo, when we decided to try it and see how she would react to it, she just sort of whined for about seven minutes and then laid down, clutched her little unicorn and went to sleep.

"It was like she was ready and she wanted to do it, and it was right for her."

Though Freddie might not want to be independent at bedtime just yet, he's proven that he's 'really helpful' with his little sister and will willingly watch Cleo 'for 20 minutes at a time in her little playpen' - with a little monetary incentive.

Ricci said: "He can help me make a bottle. He can help me in the bathtub with her. It is really great. There hasn't been a lot of sibling jealousy or anything. That has been a huge relief."

I'm sure there's some parents out there who would love to go back to a time when their child wanted to spend time with them, so I suppose Ricci might as well make the most of it while she can.

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Emily Brown
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